Kremmling Days marks two-year anniversary for Ghostwood Interiors
May 30, 2008
Ghostwood Interiors of Kremmling celebrates its two-year anniversary the week of June 16 and is inviting the public to come in for refreshments, a look around the retail gallery, and to enjoy discount specials. The store is hosting its big tent sale from June 18 on with store events June 20 and 21.
The business is the passion and lifeblood of owners Karen Mathis and her husband (and best craftsman) Mark. In honor of the opening of Ghostwood (two years ago during Kremmling Days) the business is going to “really do it up,” Karen said. During the celebration, she’ll be hosting an event/sale which Karen estimates is “probably our biggest sale of the year.” Everything will be off at least 10 percent, with some specials offering as much as 60 percent off (in conjunction with in-store anniversary drawings).
Anniversary week festivities offer a customer appreciation mailing that includes a discount for future purchases, random in-store prizes and register-to-win drawings ” with small items or discounts as prizes, a drawing to win various items, and an open house/reception event on June 21.
An intriguing stroll around Karen’s 5,000-square-foot showroom and one can tell she’s put a lot of care in her selection and presentation. In the back Mark and a few other skilled craftsmen can be found gently carving away on beautifully aged, reclaimed wood. Detailed wine racks, chairs, nightstands, end tables, coffee tables ” you name it and you can probably find it in the 4,000-square-foot craft warehouse. If not, they would be more than happy to see if it is something they can custom make for you.
“We feel very proud and happy to have a really talented staff on board,” Karen said. “With our LandMark Designs line that is made right onsite, we offer customers the chance to custom design pieces exactly for their home and their space without additional cost. We love to do that.”
“Years of tinkering” have obviously grown into careful craft for Mark. He has about seven years under his tool belt, creates the designs for the company and supervises the craftsmen. The “ability to turn something old and seemingly worthless into something beautiful and useful” leaves endless possibilities for him and his crew.
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“I love being creative, working with natural elements like wood, iron, stone, leather, glass, etc. to create unique pieces,” he said. His personal favorites include a poker table and a true fly tying desk. Many of the pieces Mark likes to make are made of old-growth or weathered woods.
In addition, Ghostwood Interiors offers full-scale interior design services for clients with big projects on their hands, especially refurnishing or redecorating a room or new/first home. The business also has a local designer on staff with “a fantastic eye” Karen works with on interior design elements.
Karen is proud of the establishment’s extensive art collection, mostly “reflective of the mountains, wildlife, cowboy and Western culture and landscapes.” There are also signature pieces with “fun customizable” ski/lake and other signs. Some are the work of local artists and each is a framed and canvas-wrapped work priced “for everyone’s budget” (prices range from $40 to $1,000-plus).
Meager beginnings in a workshop adjacent to the Mathis’ home necessitated a move and the business grew into a beautiful gallery and warehouse space (completed in November, 2005 with the store and gallery completed in April of 2006). The owners couldn’t be happier. They’re living their dream and they love the Kremmling area and its residents and visitors.
These last two years have been “really positive,” Karen said. “We have had such a great response locally, from visitors passing through, and second-home owners in the region.”
She said she and Mark see this as only the beginning for Ghostwood and LandMark Designs. “We are always looking to grow,” Karen said. “We have lots of plans but you have to take one thing at a time.”
One of the things Karen wants to try to do is support a bigger art scene through store exhibits, maybe “have a featured Colorado artist each month, maybe begin hosting a reception to meet and greet or something monthly ” things like that.”
“It is really on the way to so many places; that is a great factor … ,” Karen said of the store, “and I think it will just keep getting better.”
Join Karen and Mark in celebrating the store’s two-year anniversary during the week of June 16 and rounded out with the Kremmling Days festival. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 M-F, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.